The Native Landscape ReaderThe Native Landscape Reader

Edited by Robert E. Grese

Published by University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH

Paperback $29.95
November 2011

ISBN: 978-1-55849-884-6
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The inaugural volume in the series, Critical Studies in the History of Environmental Design.

In this volume Robert E. Grese gathers together writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country’s most significant practitioners, horticulturalists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Written with a strong conservation ethic, these essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature.

Over many years of pioneering research into the work of Jens Jensen, O. C. Simonds, and other early landscape architects who advocated for the use of native plants and conservation, Grese encountered and began collecting these pieces. With this volume, he offers readers his trove and shares his experience of discovery. His introduction provides perspective on the context of these writings and the principles they espouse, and his conclusion illuminates their relevance today with the emerging emphasis on sustainable design. This collection will appeal to general readers interested in the issues of sustainability, horticulture and gardening, and landscape design and preservation, as well as to historians, practitioners, and specialists.

Learn more about native plant design, watch the film Designing in the Prairie Spirit: A Conversation with Darrel Morrison.

ROBERT E. GRESE is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, where he serves as the director of the Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He wrote the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of O. C. Simonds’s Landscape-Gardening (1920) and is the author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). Grese is particularly interested in the restoration and management of urban wilds and the role such lands can play in connecting children and families with nature. He was featured as the LALH Preservation Hero in the 2010 issue of VIEW.

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“The relevance of these writings to the current issues of biodiversity, native plants, and sustainability cannot be overemphasized. . . . This extensive collection is a valuable addition to landscape scholarship and practice.”
—Robert L. Ryan, coauthor of With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature